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USB 3.0 Certification

The USB-IF will begin certifying SuperSpeed USB 3.0 products at it’s lab at the Platform Interoperability Lab.  This is significant because it means 2 things:

1) The USB 3.0 Certification Program is ready to go.  You an actually get a logo for your product.

2) All the compliance tests are ready and the interoperability Gold Tree.  The Gold Tree is a set of USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0) Peripherals that you plug into a USB 3.0 Host along with your tested device.  (Or you plug the tree into your Host.)

3) There are enough devices and hosts around to justify starting testing

4) The USB-IF can certify products that will actually work together because everything with a Logo should work together.

In late August, the USB-IF started selling USB Peripheral Development Kits (PDKs)..  This is basically a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Host Controller that you plug into a PC.  This is because you need to have  Host to develop your USB 3.0 Peripheral or Device.  The PDK includes the Compliance tests called the USB 3.0 Command Verifier tool and some drivers for Windows 7 that are for test purposes only (probably not production ready, but good for exercising your peripheral).

These are 2 huge steps to getting USB 3.0 products on the market.  I really, really hope we see something on shelves by the end of the year.  It’s tough since you really need to be in production now to get stuff onto shelves by November/December.  We will see.

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